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la boda real bride - Courtenay and Barry's Wedding

Ok, so it would appear that it’s my turn to blog and given that only last Saturday I attended a good friend’s wedding I thought what better to blog about!!

When I first found out that Courtenay was going to have her own fairytale ending with Prince Charming AKA Barry (it is important to note at this point that this now bride is seriously obsessed with all things Disney, hence my subtle references!!), I thought to myself, I would love to be a part of her story.

Firstly she is gorge, so would make a seriously beautiful la boda bride and secondly, it is always such a privilege to be involved in a friend’s big day in such a personal way.

From the off Courtenay had a strong sense of the look she wanted to achieve so we knew what we had to find for her. Let’s call it Disney chic, fairytale without the poof!! With close friends and a stylish mum on hand for advice, in the end the decision was easy.

Courtenay chose Mariana by Pronovias which, as you can see from the photos demands a bride with a seriously trim figure and toned back. A fishtail with soft layers of lace and fine, delicately beaded straps dipping into a daringly low back. Truly fab!!! We finished off the look with a 2-tiered scattered, beaded lace veil so that Courtenay could have her grand entrance.

Having not been to a wedding all year I was super excited to get all dolled up for the occasion. Having recently inherited and completely fallen in love with an amazing navy hat from my husband’s Granny (stylish Granny you’re thinking, I know!!) I went in search of an outfit to match. I popped into Blush Boutique, Belfast on a day off and instantly saw the perfect dress, easy peasy. Sparkly gold accessories were the obvious choice, et voilà.

On the day I had my hair done by Kelly of Coccolare, a former la boda bride and make up by Chloe of CMC Artistry, another recent la boda bride and to say that I was thrilled with both would be an understatement, thanks ladies!!

The day itself was a little grey and mizzly but nothing was going to dampen Courtenay’s spirits. She looked totally amazing. (Well worth all those hours in the gym and the “clean eating” wouldn’t you say Courtenay?!). Her and Barry clearly enjoyed every minute, and why would they not!!

Galgorm is a beautiful setting and the Renaissance Suite was classy and elegant. The Disney theme continued throughout with the old favourites playing in the background, nods to Mickey and Minnie on the place settings and a truly fairytale cake. Fab speeches with hardly a dry eye in the house (never sit with a table of women most of whom have given birth in the past year, hormonal mess!!)

Topped up with gorgeous food and a few glasses of vino we sat to watch the first dance and then a particularly moving moment when we heard that Courtenay’s Dad had recorded a song for their Father Daughter dance. Courtenay was clearly emotional which was not surprising.

As with all fairytales, the story must come to an end. Barry whisked the new Mrs Farrell off to balmy Abu Dhabi to enjoy the start of their honeymoon while we remain “Frozen” in good old Norn Iron!! Look forward to catching up Courtenay when you get back!

With love

Susan xx

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